WATCH: Woman battling cancer gets her house painted by Student Works painters
A team of student painters are getting some hands on experience, but maybe more importantly, they’re giving a Saanich family some much-needed help.
“It’s been a pretty tough journey but we’re still hanging in there,” says Jacques Moreau.
Moreau and his wife, Sandy Zacek, have been through a lot since Zacek was diagnosed with stage four cancer five years ago.
“We also have a daughter with special needs so we’re pretty busy and pretty financially strained and emotionally strained with all the stuff going on,”says Zacek.
“The house is one of the things that we’ve had to let slide I guess as far as having enough money to put food on the table and that sort of thing,”says Jacques.
That’s where Student Works Painting comes in. Every year, they choose a deserving home and family through the BC Cancer Agency or the MS Society. And then the students get their hands dirty, painting the home for free.
“We essentially use the home as a training purpose but also to give back to the community as well,”says Thomas Cobleigh, Student Works Painting general manager.
The home was nominated by a neighbour that knew the family could use the help.
“I’ve been wanting to have it done for such a long time and now it can be done,” Zacek says.
For the Moreau’s, the fresh paint and the face lift for their home means so much more.
“It’s nice to have this being done cause it brightens not just the house but the whole atmosphere of the family,” says Zacek.